From artists to cybersecurity experts to recycling ambassadors, Arizona State University produces graduates skilled in a wide variety of fields.
Leading up to Homecoming on Nov. 14, we'll be sharing a few stories each week of what ASU alumni are doing to make the world a better, more interesting place.
Xanthia Walker recommends those interested in pursuing a career in the arts “kindly roll their eyes” at naysayers. She wants aspiring artists to continue to pursue their goals and is living proof that there are "a million ways to make a life in the arts."
Tom Leveen stumbled upon the young adult genre quite by accident, but it has been good to him. His eighth novel, "Hellworld," will be out in 2017, but it was the subject of his book "Random" that has led the author to speak out on the dangers of online bullying.
ASU alumna Jessica Schreiber may have gotten a late start on recycling — she never heard of it until college — but you wouldn't know that by her profession today: overseeing recycling programs for the biggest city in the country.
Technology is in Edward Vasko’s blood. His family had long worked in the industry, and by the time he was a toddler he was taking apart telephones. After he graduated from ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in 1995, that hardwired interest led him to co-found cybersecurity company Terra Verde.
ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration alum Pye Pye Zaw — who is now a space systems engineer at Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas — had the pleasure of working on projects with NASA while still an undergrad, thanks to the ASU/NASA Space Grant.
Christina Akins fell in love with "herps" after one encounter with a snake. Years later she's studying snakes, frogs and other reptiles in the Arizona wildlife to assess how humans are affecting their way of life.
Nadia Salbin tells small, personal stories with her camera, but the New Yorker says photography has long been a medium for viewing and understanding change.
Margaret Dunn learned to balance success with sustainability through her time in ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business and the School of Sustainability.
Lucky Sharma learned how to maintain a career in sustainability during her time at ASU.
Four remarkable College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alumni will return to campus for Homecoming to share their stories of success and transformative innovations.
Arizona State Sen. Martin Quezada says his time at ASU provided this politician a perspective for change, and for understanding how to help his community.
Virginia Counts helps shepherd the development of some the latest medical technology, but she's just as interested in ensuring women see career paths in science.
ASU alumna, veteran Zsuzsa Szabo aims to excite her students about the rewards of understanding the past.